In reality, it's hot, the kids spend 74 percent of the time eating and even though we all like each other, too much time together makes for short tempers and kids who fight constantly. They seem to battle over everything from song lyrics to rules of made-up games to what speed we go on a family bike ride.
As always, the parents of Twitter are here to let you know you're not alone in your love/hate relationship with the warmest–and seemingly longest–season.
Making "Music"1 of 15
Music is educational, right? Pass the earplugs.
Time for Sunshine2 of 15
Go annoy the neighbors for a while.
Accidental All-Nighters3 of 15
What is it about summer and kids staying up until eleventy o'clock?
Who Are We Kidding4 of 15
This is my thinking every year. When will I learn that we'll actually hammer it all out the night before school starts?
"Alone" Time5 of 15
EVERYONE GO TO THEIR ROOMS.
The Epic Countdown6 of 15
22 days, but who's counting?
The Summer Camp Checklist7 of 15
"Hmmmm, don't think my kid's ever shown an interest in basketball, but this camp checks all the other boxes...maybe he just hasn't had enough exposure to the sport."
WE AREN'T BUYING ANYTHING8 of 15
Do you want a stuffed animal from the beach, or do you want to go to college?
Kids or KIDS9 of 15
Can I treat my kids like goats? "Want a snack? Head outside and nibble on the weeds."
Nonstop Snacking10 of 15
All the food, all the time.
The Incredible Disappearing Belongings11 of 15
Any kid who makes it home from camp with all of their belongings deserves a gold medal.
Is Summer Always THIS Hot12 of 15
Same, sweaty sister.
"Quality" Time13 of 15
How many times is too many times to say "no" in one day?
Can't Afford More Snacks14 of 15
I'm guessing this is the main reason parents ship their kids off to the grandparents for a couple weeks in the summer.